The plane was coming in from Dubai and it overshot the runway as it landed. "Several passengers are injured," an Air India spokesman said.
It is so sad that the crashlanding of the Air India Express plane at the runway of the Calicut International Airport in heavy rain near the southern city of Kozhikode on Friday claimed 18 lives
Consequently, Vijayan will not unfurl the tricolour at the main Independence Day function on Saturday, with Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran stepping in for him, in the ceremony, which will last only 10 minutes.
Earlier, the Air India Express operations to Dubai were temporarily suspended for 15 days starting Friday for negligence in handling COVID-19 cases.
Air India is not finding any takers and the privatisation may be put off by three years, delivering a blow to the efforts to divest the national carrier.
Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express shock and grief over the Kozhikode plane crash incident.
The last three consecutive years, Kerala has been hit by natural calamities during the monsoon season, and this year the plane crash in Calicut airport added further distress to the people.
The statement comes as a big relief to Indians who were stranded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday turned out to be a black day for the people of Kerala.